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Return of ‘Cascades’ trains to Vancouver had previously been set for December

Train approaching bridge

Train approaching bridge
An Amtrak Cascades train approaches the Chambers Bay bridge in Steilacoom, Wash., on June 26, 2018. Amtrak now plans to restart Cascades service to Vancouver, BC, in December. (Trains: David Lassen)

SEATTLE – Amtrak Cascades service to Vancouver, British Columbia, is now set to resume in September, according to transportation officials in Washington state and Oregon.

A post on the Amtrak Cascades Facebook page says “Amtrak was able to advance the schedule” from its most recent estimate of December 2022, and that the transportation departments in Washington and Oregon will “share more information as soon as it’s available.”

The cross-border service halted in May 2020 when the Canadian border was closed to non-essential travel. In preparation for resumption of service to Vancouver, Amtrak had begun qualifying runs north from Seattle for crews in February, but then announced the service would not begin until December because of shortages of on-board crew members and mechanics [see “Amtrak Cascades service to Canada pushed back …,” Trains News Wire, May 16, 2022]. Officials in Washington and Oregon protested that decision, saying it was “not acceptable.”

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